Tuesday, May 4, 2010

7 Actionable Facebook Tactics for Marketers

From ClickZ networks:

Facebook has grown too big for marketers to ignore. Over 117 million Americans visited Facebook in March 2010 and the average visitor spent almost seven hours during the month on the site, as tracked by Nielsen. According to comScore, from March 2009 to March 2010 Facebook's unique visitors increased about 90 percent and its average minutes per visitor increased almost 50 percent.

To show that there's been a tipping point, traffic to Facebook has exceeded traffic to Google since the week ending March 13, 2010. From a marketing perspective, it's important to note that Facebook, like Google, has become a major referrer of traffic. For example, Starbucks has over 7 million Fans (or, in Facebook-speak, "people who like it"). Furthermore, Facebook is the most searched term across search engines, according to Experian Hitwise. Marketers should also note that Facebook is becoming device indifferent. While computers are the preferred device for checking Facebook, 46 percent of the under 35 demographic use their mobile phone to access Facebook, based on Retrevo's October 2009 Gadgetology Report.

While Facebook was initially used by entities with small budgets, such as advocacy and not-for-profit organizations, now, everyone's using it. Facebook is a "must have" for every marketer whether you're a retailer, brand, or media entity. Even companies in regulated industries, whose legal and compliance hurdles make social media a challenge to implement, are using it. For example, TIAA-CREF, a well established financial services company, just launched its "Raise the Rate" campaign on Facebook.

But Facebook requires a different approach from other forms of marketing messaging and engagement. To develop and expand your Facebook marketing strategy, here are seven actionable tactics:

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